OSU basketball notebook: Travis Ford says Cowboys show resiliency

Coach will give tired players a few days off this week before playing an unbeaten Baylor team.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: January 9, 2012
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Nash, however, warmed to the rivalry.

“You don't want to be the little brother, and that's what I had on my mind,” Nash said. “Cameron Clark's a good friend of mine, so I'm going to brag about it against him. It's great to get a Bedlam win.”

There was another piece of business to tend to for the Cowboys as well. Through this school year, OSU stood 7-0 against the Sooners in all sports meetings before Monday. Now it's 8-0.

“We were all looking on Twitter, and we saw that none of our sports teams had lost to Oklahoma this year,” Nash said. “We didn't want to be the first one to lose.

“It was a good win. Glad we got it.”

LATE-ARRIVING CROWD

Just 30 minutes before tipoff, Gallagher-Iba Arena was looking empty, suggesting one of the worst Bedlam atmospheres in ages.

The teams had stiff football competition from the BCS Championship game on TV and a difficult start time at 6 p.m.

Eventually, however, the arena filled in, with an estimated crowd of 9,000 settling into the seats.

“I thought it was great,” Ford said. “They got loud when they needed to get loud. The students showed up. It meant a lot to us.”

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